Christians are not called to fight in this world's wars, but we are called to spiritual battle. Hebrews 11 speaks of some heroes of faith—spiritual veterans.
Though we are surrounded and buffeted by numerous difficulties and trials, God is always faithful to provide what we need to endure and overcome them.
In God's plan, the development of uncompromising character requires struggle and sacrifice. Our victory requires continual drill, tests and development of discipline.
Mainstream Christianity espouses the pernicious doctrine of, 'Let go and let God,'" which releases us from any obligation to overcome and build character.
We must don the whole armor of God, using His spiritual weapons to bring every thought into obedience to Christ, destroying the enemy's footholds.
John Ritenbaugh, referring to the words of salvation (election, calling, regeneration, conversion, sanctification, and glorification), suggests that we are entering the most difficult time of the sanctification process, a time Jeremiah described as a man in the throes of labor, a time when God's called out ones would be required …
Our pilgrimage to the Kingdom will not be easy; we will suffer fatigue from difficult battles with serious consequences. We fight the world, Satan, and our flesh.
John Reid, reflecting on Paul Kennedy's book Preparing For The Twenty First Century, based on the Malthusian thesis that the exponential growth of population (especially in the have-not nations) is greater than the earth's capacity (even with technology) to sustain it. As the population increases, reckless exploitation of the …
False doctrines cut people off from a wholesome relationship with God. Doctrinal purity is measured according to how one emulates Christ.
Paul urged that we get our focus more balanced, emphasizing love over prophetic correctness, not remaining indifferent to what Christ deemed important.
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting that 6,000 years of accumulated knowledge cannot provide us a definition of life, suggests that the atheism of philosophers and scientists, with their ardent belief in evolution, is highly transparent. Biologists, expostulating a descriptive definition, define life as a trait of organisms having …
Laodiceanism is the attitude that dominates the end time. It is a subtle form of worldliness that has infected the church, and Christ warns against it strongly.
God has summoned us to a unique position. As saints, we have the responsibility to work toward the Kingdom of God and become holy—things only we can do!
Using the army boot camp analogy, Richard Ritenbaugh teaches that God places us through a similar humbling process, causing us to look at our sins in a spiritual mirror, contrasting our lives with the sinless life of Jesus Christ. In this process, we must (1) put out evil, (2) put on the new man, empowered with the mind of …